Rick's Return: God's Glory in the Mountains
I was always a beach kind of guy. Although I was born in the mountains -- right down the road from Grandfather Mountain, as a matter of fact.
But I never really held an affinity for the mountains like I did the beach.
The beach was more "fun," I suppose.
The mountains, from my limited viewpoint, were not "fun." They were, well, mountains.
Yet here I sit, in the first 10 days of my 58th year, right smack in the middle of the North Georgia mountains.
But Rick, you might say, this is the middle of July -- if you love the beach, you should be at the beach.
Well, friends, as much as God has changed me spiritually, He has also changed my appreciation for His Creation. ALL of His Creation.
My wife Joyce is from North Charleston and also has a great affinity for the beach. Somewhere along our journey, we started coming to the mountains. We started coming with our friends Nate and Nancy.
They brought us to a family-friendly camping resort near Helen, Georgia.
We rented campers for a while, then bought a membership a few years back and now, own a camper.
A lot of people have their "home away from home" at the lake, some go to the beach and we've found ours in the North Georgia mountains.
This is where we come to "get away from it all." This is where we come to experience the fullness of God's Creation. Without distractions, without interruptions, with just God.
I don't think it is any coincidence that Jesus often went to the mountains, and always by Himself, to grow closer to the Father.
Although God is everywhere, there is no place quite like the mountains to experience the majesty and power of God.
The towering mountains, the beauty of the waterfalls, animals in the wild, the world in its purest form all around you.
I didn't think I'd ever have the appreciation for the mountains that I do now, but God has done and caused a number of things in my life that I never would have thought possible.
Thank you, God, for Your beautiful Creation!
(Rick Hendricks is a former editor of The Chronicle and is now a chaplain for Hospice Care of South Carolina.)